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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s very own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., this Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is full of rich, toasted chocolate notes with hints of dark fruit. 72 Imperial will take you where you need to go. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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3.1
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head a nicely uniform one finger khaki shade. It’s bubbly yet soft, retaining itself acceptably. Small streaks of lacing are left on the glass. S: Lots of lactose cream. And I mean a lot. Chocolate also comes through quite well, and combined with the sweet nuttiness also provided, almost gives it a roasted hazelnut vibe. Roasted barley comes out when it warms up. A very likable aroma, actually. T: Chocolate is prevalent on the opening, fading out past the midtaste. At first, the finishing combination of roasted barley and leafy hops actually do a good job of cutting the sweetness...but only at first. Vanilla and cream soda notes start to accumulate on the palate, drowning out the roasted/hoppy bitterness and replacing it with a cloying sensation. Aside from being too sweet, it’s also kind of messy...with just a bit more balance, this one could have been really good. M: It doesn’t have the creamy-yet-dry finish I like in a milk stout. Given how sweet it is, the mildly rough palate isn’t a good fit with all of the sweetness running rampant. Drinkable enough, I suppose, if the sweetness doesn’t deter you. O: I really liked the aroma here - wish I could say the same about the flavor profile and palate feel. While it’s not bad, it doesn’t come together nearly as well as it should.

3.2
Inbreak (6412) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 19.06.2013, tap @ The Ginger Man NY:
Small creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet roasted, dark malts, dark sugar, mocha, caramel, lactose, coffee. Taste is sweet, dark sugar, mocha, coffee, grass, lactose. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, a little too sweet.

3.4
zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2013
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Rich chocolate aroma. The flavor is much lighter on the chocolate than anticipated with the sweetness from the lactose coming through. Surprising amount of alcohol warmth from this one. A good milk stout, but I don’t get as much chocolate as I had hoped for.

3.9
Slipstream (2678) - USA - SEP 8, 2013
On draft at Buddha Bar. Lots of rich chocolate brownie flavor, along with a little espresso & pumpernickel. Tasty & nicely balanced.

3.7
BillWyce (1098) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
From notes: Poured opaque black, with a small, thin tan head and moderate bubbling along the glass. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey. Medium body, mildly oily, with a soft, pleasing finish. Rich chocolatey flavor that mixes with a roasty note that lingers nicely. The cream comes forward as it warms, and mixes with the chocolate while lending a light sweetness.

3.7
gringo332 (644) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Very dark brown pour with tan head ring. Sweet almost lactose notes. Roasty and cocoa, but somewhere in the aroma, there is a tootsie roll. Some coffee and a bit of tobacco on the finish. But overall, a pleasant, drinkable sweet stout. Nothing overly special though.

3.7
RRistow12 (929) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Tasted on tap. Almost black in color with tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate. Taste is chocolate malty goodness with some roasty coffee taste with some cream. Very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
ben4321 (6677) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Giannone, 8/31/13

Aroma: The nose is mild and moslty chocolate, with some roast, and sweet malts as well
Appearance: It pours a dark brown colorwith a small head and some light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is sweet and malty, not a ton going on, pretty one dimensional
Palate: The body is light for the style and it has a thin feel, soft carbonation, and a short duration
Overall Impression: I thought this beer was okay, but ultimately it is just a little too one dimensional and a little too thin to get a higher score than this.

3.5
blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle, dark brown pour with creamy white foam, vanilla extract and chocolate aroma, flavor is malty vanilla cream, chocolate , dry finish

3.8
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
push dark black brown clear with a big creamy cocoa colored head. Aroma and flavor are lighter as expected from a single sweet stout, with a decently creamy body. You get chocolate, not too sweet or bitter but blended well on that body, roasted malts as well.


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